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Booksellers from an award-winning indie bookshop chatting books and how they have shaped people's lives, with a whole bunch of people from the world of publishing - authors, poets, journalists and many more. Join us for the journey.

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Mostly Books Meets . . ‪.‬ Mostly Books

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 11 Ratings

Booksellers from an award-winning indie bookshop chatting books and how they have shaped people's lives, with a whole bunch of people from the world of publishing - authors, poets, journalists and many more. Join us for the journey.

Music composed by Brian Randazzo.
www.mostly-books.co.uk

    Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Our guest this week is Sunday Times best-selling author, Cathy Rentzenbrink.

    Cathy is an integral part of the publishing world who regularly chairs literary events, runs creative writing courses, and speaks and writes on life, death, love, and literature. She believes that everyone's life would be improved by picking up a pen and is at her happiest when encouraging her students to have the courage to delve into themselves and see the magic that will start to happen on the page.

    Her first book, The Last Act of Love, was the heart-breaking account of the tragic loss of her brother and the follow up, A Manual for Heartache is a searingly honest account of how she dealt with her grief.

    Cathy’s third book, Dear Reader, is a brilliant account of the books she’s read and the impact they’ve had on her. It’s a perfect trip down memory lane and covers so many books that will be familiar to readers everywhere.

    Her first novel, Everyone is Still Alive, was published last year and Cathy’s latest book, Write it All Down, came out in January.

    Sarah first met Cathy at the Bookseller’s Association conference which, in normal times, takes place once a year and is a joyful couple of days where booksellers, publishers, authors and others from the trade get together for a celebration of all things books. Cathy has hosted the conference for as long as I have been a bookseller and just makes the event. We are thrilled to be welcoming her to Mostly Books Meets.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter @mostlyreading & Instagram @mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short @alongstoryshorter. Write It All Down is published in the UK by @panmacmillan

    Books mentioned in this episode include:

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – 9780007323128
    Quilt on Fire: The Messy Magic of Midlife by Christie Watson – 9781784744045
    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – 9781784701994
    Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink - 9781509891559
    Write It All Down: How to Put Your Life on the Page by Cathy Rentzenbrink – 9781529056228
    Everyone Is Still Alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink – 9781474621120

    • 50 min
    Sunny Singh

    Sunny Singh

    It’s our great pleasure to welcome onto the podcast this week writer, journalist, and academic Sunny Singh.

    Sunny was born in Varanasi, India and went on to study in India, the USA, and Spain. Her first book, published in the year 2000, was the prize-winning Nani’s Book of Suicides. She has since gone on to release two other novels as well as works of nonfiction, and her short stories have been published by the likes of Drawbridge and World Literature Today.

    In 2016, she co-founded the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour which seeks to champion the work of British and British resident BAME writers. For two years in a row Mostly Books has been proud to be a Jhalak Prize Champion.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/mostlyreading & Instagram www.instagram.com/mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short www.instagram.com/alongstoryshorter. We’re Going to Find the Monster is published in the UK by Puffin Books.

    Books mentioned in this episode include:

    The Three Fat Men by Yuri Olesha – 9781843914525
    Living While Black by Guilaine Kinouani – 9781529109436

    Jhalak Prize Children’s and YA Shortlist:

    We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola – 9780241401309 (https://bit.ly/3PCMxMy)
    Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide – 9781474967532 (https://bit.ly/3wOIdm2)
    Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye – 9780571366491 (https://bit.ly/3wSNB6m)
    The Crossing by Manjeet Mann – 9780241411445 (https://bit.ly/3sYc5tO)
    Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan – 9781800780019
    The Sound of Everything by Rebecca Henry – 9781911427155

    • 35 min
    Eve Chase

    Eve Chase

    This week, we are delighted to be speaking to Eve Chase. Eve is a star on the rise. She has published four novels, the latest of which, The Birdcage, was out in April.

    Her third novel, The Glass House, was a Sunday Times bestseller, Richard and Judy pick and sold nearly 200,000 copies across all formats. We’re expecting readers to be just as excited about The Birdcage.

    Eve’s novels are perfect for book groups, and The Birdcage is storytelling at its best. With wide-ranging reader appeal, her books have been reviewed in many publications including the New York Times and one of our previous guests, Lisa Jewell, has called her ‘one of the most enthralling novelists of the moment’.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter @mostlyreading & Instagram @mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short @alongstoryshorter. The Birdcage is published in the UK by @penguinukbooks.

    Books mentioned in this episode include:

    The Birdcage – Eve Chase 9781405940986
    The Wishing-Chair Collection - Enid Blyton 9781444959512
    Wrong Place, Wrong Time - Gillian McAllistair 9780241520949
    The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition – Anne Frank 9780141315195

    • 36 min
    Louise Hare

    Louise Hare

    This week we are speaking to author, Louise Hare.

    Louise is a major author on the rise – she was one of the Observer’s top 10 debuts for 2020, and her first book, This Lovely City was a BBC 2 Between The Covers pick and was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. The book received near-universal acclaim with blanket review coverage. Louise’s profile is only continuing to grow, particularly surrounding the work she does to champion black British authors and writing.

    Louise’s new book, Miss Aldridge Regrets is published on 28th April.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter @mostlyreading & Instagram @mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short @alongstoryshorter. Miss Aldridge Regrets is published in the UK by HarperCollins.

    Books mentioned in this episode include:

    Secret Seven by Enid Blyton (9781444913439)
    Vine Street by Dominic Nolan (9781472288851)
    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (9781860498831)
    Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare (9780008332617)

    • 39 min
    Kitty and Al Tait

    Kitty and Al Tait

    Our guests this week are Kitty & Al Tait. Breadsong, the part memoir, part recipe book by Kitty & Al was published on 28th April.

    The book tells the story of Kitty’s battle with depression and anxiety, and how baking bread with her Dad changed everything. The result of their journey is the Orange Bakery in Watlington, renowned throughout the local area for their sourdough bread and fresh pastries.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter @mostlyreading & Instagram @mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short @alongstoryshorter. Breadsong is published in the UK by Bloomsbury.

    The book discussed in this episode is:

    Breadsong : How Baking Changed Our Lives by Kitty & Al Tait (9781526631855)

    • 33 min
    Alex Falase-Koya

    Alex Falase-Koya

    This week we’re speaking to children’s author, Alex Falase-Koya.

    Alex was the winner of Spread the Word’s 2019 London Writers Awards for YA/children’s books and his Letter to my Future Self can be found on their website.

    Alex was inspired to write his debut novel, ‘Marv and the Mega Robot’ after struggling to find superheroes in fiction who looked like him. By creating Marv, a superhero whose strengths are kindness and imagination, Alex hopes to have created a character to whom all children can relate.

    The first two books of Alex’s series on Marv were published on 3rd February.

    The podcast is produced and presented by the team at Mostly Books. Find us on Twitter @mostlyreading & Instagram @mostlybooks_shop. Edited by Nick Short @alongstoryshorter. Marv and the Mega Robot & Marv and the Dino Attack is published in the UK by Oxford University Press

    Books mentioned in this episode include:

    The Witches by Roald Dahl – 9780141365473
    Marv and the Mega Robot by Alex Falase-Koya – 9780192780423
    Marv and the Dino Attack by Alex Falase-Koya – 9780192780447
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – 9780571258093
    The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney – 9781782952459
    The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence by Marcus Rashford & Alex Falase-Koya - 9781529076622

    • 30 min

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